This months NERD of the month is MILA DE! She is a model from Las Vegas NV and represents the TMNT van! She was nice enough to do a quick interview at the Long Beach Comiccon last year.
ILSN: Tell us a little bit about yourself. Do you have a mini bio about yourself?
Mila De: My name is Mila De, I’m short. Born in Fayetteville, NC, raised in Highlands Ranch, CO and Castle Rock, CO, and now a resident in Los Angeles, CA! Graduated high school in Roseville, CA then moved to Las Vegas, NV. The oldest of four brothers and one sister. Raised by my mother who is a former model and actress, and stepfather who is a chef. I love food, mainly sweets! I have a toy yorkie named Miko, my friends like to call him Megatron because I call him Makoto, they think that’s what it sounds like. I have been modeling since 2008, have had features in music videos, small acting roles in television shows and movies, and in my spare time practices playing the guitar, ukulele, and/or piano.
ILSN: What is the craziest story you could tell us?
Mila De: Hm .. I think I have too many of those, pretty inappropriate to share LOL! I slept through two earthquakes and woke up to my friends from Las Vegas and Roseville blowing up my phone asking if I’m okay. I don’t think that’s too crazy, but yeeeahh … my craziest story are not very appropriate he-he-he!
ILSN: Do you have any projects coming up?
Mila De: I do, but I was told to keep it a secret.. But another project is my outfit for Extreme Autofest Anaheim, which my good friend and designer JRock Ginger is helping me design, I’m so excited!
ILSN: How do you feel representing the Ninja Turtle Van?
Mila De: I love representing the TMNT Van! Especially since one of my good friends’ is the owner, we always have fun anywhere we go with the TMNT Van.
It’s pretty awesome meeting people and families at shows and conventions who grew up to TMNT. I’m always in awe when I see families dress up as each character .. parents passing on something from their childhood to their children of this new generation.
The TMNT Van has become even more awesome because now there are REAL Ninja Turtles too!
ILSN: What is the most interesting experience you had hanging out with them?
Mila De: The most interesting experience I had with the TMNT Van .. has to be when I first saw the van at Hot Import Nights Pomona in March 2012 and met the owner. I was super stoked and nervous because it was the real deal right in front of me. When I met the owner of the van, Jason, a mutual friend of ours wanted to take pictures of me with the van, then Jason offered if I wanted to take a picture inside the van with the Michelangelo display — of course I said yes, hah. Another model and I got in the van and all the photographers started shooting. The other model grabbed Mikey’s head so she can kiss him and she basically pulled his head off. We just went with it continuing to take pictures as we made faces and Jason putting Mikey’s head back together.
ILSN: Who is your favorite Ninja Turtle?
Mila De: My favorite Ninja Turtle has always been Michelangelo, because of his high energy and goofiness.
ILSN: How did you get into doing cosplay costumes?
Mila De: My photographer got me into cosplay! When my photographer saw me dressed up in my TMNT outfit at Long Beach Comic Con he said, “I have and idea for a shoot and I want you to do it.” I looked at him and said, “Dude, I am so down!” And that’s how I got into cosplay :)
ILSN: What inspires you when you choose characters?
Mila De: I guess I get my inspiration from my childhood … all the cartoons and anime I used to watch, hah!
ILSN: Marvel vs DC vs Anime?
Mila De: Ah crap! That’s a tough one -.-;
I love Marvel! I love Batman and Superman! I love Anime!
ILSN: What was your childhood like growing up?
Mila De: As a kid, my mom and I moved around a lot. My mom is my best friend, she knew I loved Sailor Moon, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Power Rangers .. when she could, she would buy me something of the three. :)
ILSN: Where do you see yourself five years from now?
Mila De: In five years, I predict I would have done majority of the things I want to do and working hard to make my dreams come true, be done with school, and most likely be traveling and doing humanitarian work, and speaking 7 languages by then.
ILSN: What do you do to inspire yourself?
Mila De: I find my inspiration through my Sidekick, he’s my guardian angel.
He always believed in me, he’d say, “make it happen!” And to take it one day at a time, and take care of one thing at a time.
ILSN: What do you like to do for fun?
Mila De: I’m not much of a crazy party animal like I was when I was living in Las Vegas, but I still party and enjoy hanging out and goofing off with my friends. I enjoy the outdoors — going to the beach, hiking, going on random adventures and getting lost with my best friends, riding motorcycles. Playing on my PS3, Wii, or N64, or my roommate’s Xbox360. Even though I’m horrible at it right now I like playing either my ukulele, my acoustic, or piano, and singing. I almost forgot dancing in the rain, literally! Work is fun … sometimes, haha!
ILSN: What kind of music do you like?
Mila De: My top favorite genres of music is Rock/Emo/Acoustic, then EDM, then Pop, then Hip Hop/R&B.
I really listen to almost everything, I mean that.
ILSN: What kind of nerd are you?
Mila De: Hm.. I don’t even know how to answer that.
I have a about 50+ comic books on my book shelves with a bunch of paranormal, fantasy, romance, adult books from my favorite author. I have a lot of TMNT, Batman, and Adventure Time stuff at home. I curse at like a sailor when playing COD, playing Street Fighter IV on my PS3 or Wii as well as Super Smash Bros. Brawl with or without my friends. When I play Pokemon Puzzle on my N64 and I lose to Mewtwo it actually ruins my day until I beat him. Yeah .. I feel like I just told my life story LOL!
ILSN: Is there anything you are promoting right now?
Mila De: I will be attending Long Beach Comic Expo and I am actually promoting for Extreme Autofest Anaheim at Angel Stadium both events on May 31st!
ILSN: What is the nerdiest thing you have done?
Mila De: Beaten my hard core gamer friends at the games they’re good at. I forget which X-Men movie it was, but my friends’ and I got into argument about a few of the characters and I went off naming almost each character and their powers/skills. Try to imitate character voices when I watch cartoons. I don’t know ..
ILSN: Do people ever recognize you when you go out?
Mila De: It’s happened a few times.
ILSN: What is the craziest gift a fan has ever given you?
Mila De: One of my fans bought me a Hello Kitty Necklace twice!
ILSN: What is the hottest costume you have ever worn?
Mila De: Hottest costume .. I guess it has to be the TMNT outfit.
ILSN: Favorite Food?
Mila De: That’s tough… I have a lot of favorites. All Asian foods for sure, sushi and noodles the most. Uh .. burgers, wings, salads, annd sweets.
ILSN: Favorite Movies?
Mila De: Too many favorite movies to name, I want to say both Despicable Me movies, Moulin Rouge, A Walk To Remember, Kung Fu Panda, Flash Point, Super Troopers, The Great Gatsby .. yeah, I have a lot movie favorites it’s hard to choose.
ILSN: Favorite Video Games?
Mila De: Pokémon Puzzle League on N64! Call Of Duty, Mario Kart N64 and Wii, Super Smash Bros N64 and Wii.
ILSN: Give me the links to the following.
Twitter page: @miladeeee
Youtube link: missmilaboo
Also give me a bio, any videos, links you want me to promote such as up coming events.
Animation Toon Con – May 26th (http://tooncon.wix.com/animation)
Long Beach Comic Expo – May 31st
Extreme Autofest Anaheim – May 31st
If you plan on going please use promo code “MILA” and receive a discount on your ticket purchase :)
ILSN: Any final thoughts or words?
Mila De: Thank you so much for this opportunity! My family, friends, fans, and supporters are thee most amazing people ever! Stay humble, eat your vegetables, annnnd don’t just sit around waiting for something to happen just go out there and make it happen!